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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 23
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: evantwomey on 11-04-2009)
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

03-03-2012 01:57:12 | More by Arborescence
Photo of snatch210

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent garnet -- lovely.

More malty sweetness to the smell than I expected, but in a pleasant way. Otherwise, the slightly roasted tones of the style.

Taste is rich and well-balanced. Roasted malt up front, with, again, a bit more sweetness than expected (maple? raisins?) and just a tinge of ester. Tiniest bit of spice at the end.

Feel is smooth -- just heavy enough to be satisfying, but light enough to make it very sessionable.

Overall, nothing Earth-shattering, but very well executed. Like a great 12-bar blues.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:37:41 | More by snatch210
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA glass, Bottled 111(?)

Pours a not clear dark brown, definitely unfiltered, with a tan head. Smell is decidedly chocolatey with some lightly roasted malt and dryness. Taste is malty with chocolate tones and a hint of coffee finishing with a light spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, med body and carb and quite dry for a lager.

Not bad at all, a bit boring and a bit dry for me. Pleasant and smooth with light chocolate notes and perfectly hopped. No lager yeast smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:57:24 | More by VaterRoss
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

02-25-2012 02:27:42 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown, with a bit of foam on top. Some lacing, and visibole carbonation.

S - Scents of caramel, fresh malt, and a spicy, earthy vibe.

T - Flavors are very well balanced. Pure sweet caramel, a malty taste that has a bit of spice at the end. Actually a very flavorful dunkel that is not sweet as much as it is hearty with fresh flavor.

M - Makes an awesome drinker. Smooth, full bodied, and very refeshing.

O - Glad to have tried something from Mother Earth. Solid showing of a less common style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:34:11 | More by socon67
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown. Translucent in the light, but sits there ominously in the glass, begging you to just drink it.

Hm the smell. Not really sure what to make of it. The first thing that comes to mind is heavily roasted corn.

Now the taste is something of beauty. Its a different monster than German Munich Dunkels. It tastes earthy. Very earthy. Slight caramel notes. I can almost feel a woody bitterness that might be more from the hops than any wood.

A woody bitterness flashes across the tongue then disappears just as fast. Not as slick and sweet as the German incarnations, but still very good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:36:38 | More by VncentLIFE
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-03-2012 18:40:41 | More by Hopman1985
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma is slightly musky and has earthy, molasses and nutty notes. It pours a somewhat translucent sepia with a fairly thick, if not persistent, wheat-brown head that leaves considerable lacing. Rich flavor has a malty core and caramel, earthy, nutty and molasses notes. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet rather tingly, leaving an earthy, woody finish. Eminently drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:18:40 | More by Cyberkedi
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-27-2012 14:47:38 | More by Mantooth
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-11-2012 19:02:26 | More by csustar001
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2012 17:34:43 | More by Besteffen82
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-03-2012 21:24:27 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-02-2012 04:28:10 | More by jkoch7
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber bordering on dark brown. There's a quarter inch of off white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of sweet caramel and dark fruit. The taste is bitter and sweet. There are notes of caramel, dark fruit, toasted malt, toffee and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. This is a medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth beer.

This is a pretty solid, well rounded beer. For the style this is all around right.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:33:54 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-27-2011 13:19:31 | More by Lantern
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 24 May 2011. Thanks to n2185 for the bottle.

Pours a deep coffee brown; light behind it brings out some reddish shades. About a half-finger of light tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smell hits heavy with slightly sweet biscuity malts. I don't get much beyond that, though. A bit of fruit around the edges (figs), with some noble hops hiding in the background.

Taste is better - fuller, richer, and more complex. It brings those malts, but they're more bready and fruity, without that strong toasted character that's in the nose. A bit of chocolate and toffee - nice sweetness and depth. There's a slight hop tingle that comes through late and balances things out quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium body, but feels full and chewy in the mouth. Carbonation is right where it should be - medium-high, enough to keep the flavors on the move but not so much that I can't taste them.

Quite a tasty beer. The toasted malts in the smell are a little funny, but everything else about it is solid. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:31:10 | More by zeledonia
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-14-2011 23:14:42 | More by ROGUE16
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Rogue pint produces a clear dark tea brown brew with a 1/2" off white sandy colored head with nice weepy lacing sliding down the glass.

Very nice aromatic dark malts with a hint of hops in the background.

Very nice flavor on the tongue, malty and well balance, perhaps just a smidge on the lighter bodied side for this style, but still very drinkable brew in light of the medium carbination.

This is definately not a Warsteiner Premium Dunkle, but it is a great American representation of this style.

For me, this is a solid B+ Munich Dunkel. Keep on representing Tar Heel Brewers !!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 17:23:45 | More by RedneckBeerz
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-06-2011 18:26:46 | More by UNCCTDawg
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 00:05:22 | More by tclapper
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-18-2011 03:18:48 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 18:31:01 | More by twowheelssoar
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Very nice garnet color. A solid finger of head that gave way to a ring on the edge. Wonderful carbonation. Only drawback was a cloudy appearance.

S - Baked bread, sweet graham cookie. Herbal hop aroma on the tail end. Very nice and a touch different than I have had on the style.

T - First thing I noticed was the hops actually. A prickly herbal spice that gives way to graham cracker, honey, toasted bread. Slight earthiness.

M - Very good mouth feel and easy drinking. Slightly sharpness.

O - A very good beer that is worth grabbing. Wish it were available up here. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 16:56:36 | More by soccerman7
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a massive 4 finger tan head

S - Smells of malt & bread, slight spice & a hint of chocolate.

T - Tastes of roasted malts, toasted bread & subtle sweetness.
Slight bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium body & carbination

O - Overall good beer. Great job Mother Earth Brewing on
recreating a Munich Dunkel Lager!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:31:20 | More by keytown
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 7/3/11.

Pours a near clear dark brown, with a moderate size, creamy tan head.

This is an exceptional brown lager. It has a lovely sweet malt aroma and corresponding flavor. Hints of caramel; no burnt or off-notes.

Medium-thin body with perfect carbonation.

O - one of the best of style, in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:12:17 | More by chinchill
Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.